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Clinical Pilates VS Reformer Pilates – What is better for me? 

At BodyLab Health we often get asked what is clinical pilates? What is the difference between Clinical Pilates and Reformer Pilates classes? 

Pilates is a form of exercise that has gained popularity over the years due to its numerous benefits. Pilates may improve:

  • Core strength
  • Flexibility 
  • Balance
  • Postural and body awareness
  • Pregnancy and postnatal recovery 
  • Mental wellbeing 

However, not all Pilates classes and programs are the same. Two popular forms of Pilates are Reformer Pilates and Clinical Pilates, each with its own unique approach and benefits.

Reformer Pilates:

Reformer Pilates is a type of Pilates that uses a piece of equipment called a reformer. The reformer consists of a carriage that moves back and forth on a track, with straps, pulleys, and springs that provide resistance. Reformer Pilates classes typically focus on building strength and flexibility, with an emphasis on improving overall fitness. These classes are often more intense, fast-paced, large class sizes and can be a great choice for those looking for a full-body workout.

Clinical Pilates:

Clinical Pilates, on the other hand, is a rehabilitation-based form of Pilates that focuses on improving specific physical conditions. Clinical Pilates classes are typically slower-paced and more focused on precision, with a strong emphasis on proper technique and controlled movements. These classes are smaller (3-4 participants) which provides a more tailored approach to your specific needs. These classes are ideal for those who are recovering from an injury or those who have had an ailment that has been lingering for a long time. This is a great way to ease into exercise that is safe and controlled. 

So, which one is right for you? The answer depends on your individual needs and goals. If you are looking for a fast-paced, full-body workout that will help you build strength and flexibility, Reformer Pilates may be the way to go. If, however, you are recovering from an injury or are looking to ease into exercise and ensure you’re performing the exercises properly, Clinical Pilates may be a better choice.

Both Reformer Pilates and Clinical Pilates have their own unique benefits and approaches, and the best choice for you will depend on your individual goals and needs. Regardless of which form of Pilates you choose, the important thing is to find a class or program that is right for you, and to stick with it to see the full benefits of Pilates.